a failed musician told me this once: "a guitarist is a true musician, a bassist is a failed guitarist, a singer is a person with slow fingers, and a drummer is a failed musician". and i think, "bassist: failed guitarist?"... in today's mainstream rock, where pick playing dominates the bassists, i can see why. These bands like blink 182, weezer, marilyn manson, dope, sum 41, eve 6, ETC have TERRIBLE BASS PLAYERS! It's my opinion that if a bassist seriously feels that a pick enhances the sound of the bass, they should be playing guitar. When i write, my parts are thick and rich, and i'd NEVER follow the guitar part note for note in a bass part.